Category: Trip Reports

If you’re looking for a hike near the Notch Hostel see #RecommendedHikes in our blog. Not all hikes posted in our Trip Reports section are suitable for everyone.

Mount Cannon via Lonesome Lake

Date of Hike: Tuesday, January 22th 2019. Trail Conditions: Unbroken snow. Deep drifted powder.  Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes. Comments: Departed Lafayette Campground at 12:00PM this afternoon and followed the Lonesome Lake Trail up to Lonesome Lake. The initial 1.1 mile section was hard packed and easy to bare-boot.  After...

Mount Carrigain via Signal Ridge

Title: Mount Carrigain via Signal Ridge. Date of Hike: Thursday, January 17th 2019. Trail Conditions: Unbroken snow, Drifted powder.  Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes, Microspikes. Comments: The two mile road walk along Sawyer River Road was packed well with snowmobile traffic. Signal Ridge Trail showed signs of previous travel, but...

East Peak, Osceola

Title: East Peak, Osceola. Date of Hike: Sunday, January 13th 2019. Trail Conditions: Packed snow, Deep drifted powder. Special Equipment Required: Microspikes, Crampons, Snowshoes.  Comments: Greenley Pond and Mount Osceola Trails were packed well and solid enough for spikes all the way up to East Osceola Peak. Crampons wouldn’t...

Garfield, Galehead, Twins

Title: Garfield, Galehead, South Twin, North Twin. Date of Hike: Saturday, January 12th 2019.  Trail Conditions: Unbroken snow, Deep drifted powder. Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes.  Comments: Team of 4 followed a set of XC ski-tracks up Gale River Road and within a mile of Garfield Summit. Heavy, unbroken snow...

Tom, Field, Willey Loop

Avalon Trail had hard-packed snow all the way to Mount Field, with various sections of shin-deep powder. Willey Range Trail out to Mount Willey was choppy, with knee-deep drifted powder worthy of snowshoes. The crossing between Field and Mount Tom Spur was equally choppy, though drifts were far less...

Cheers to the 1st of the 48

By Shannon Grossman There is this part of my essence with the sole-purpose of seeking out adventures. The more unusual the experience, the more appropriate it corresponds with my life. So, it is only natural that I climb my first 4000-foot peak in New Hampshire with winter-like conditions. (Lila,...

Breaking Trail On Patagonia’s Cerro Eléctrico

On November 18, my brother Dan and I arrived in Chalten and began madly preparing for our climb.  We were there with our family as part of a longer trip through Argentina and would only be in town for three nights. We had decided on a mountain on the...

Kinsmans via Mt. Kinsman Trail: Trip Report

Today I headed up the Mt. Kinsman Trail from Rt. 116 to North and South Kinsman, two of NH’s 4000-footers. The drive itself is incredible — look closely at the granite along the road, for it contains garnet and is unique to Kinsman Notch.  When you’re done hiking, stop by the...

Welch and Dickey Loop: Trip Report

The loop over Welch and Dickey Mountains is one of my favorite hikes, and is great for days when I want something quick and rewarding. It offers outstanding views of the surrounding mountain ranges, exposed summits, and many open ledges and rock outcrops along the trail. The entire loop is only...

Lonesome Lake: Trip Report

It’s springtime at the Notch, and nothing illustrates the season better than the gushing waterfalls. Today I set out for a hike up to Lonesome Lake via the Basin-Cascades trail and the Cascade Brook trail, eager to check out the sparkling cascades and waterfalls along the brook. From the...